French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a take-down of President Trump's new climate policy, calling his decision a 'mistake' that threatens the world – not long after a phone call where Trump told him about America's 'strong record' on the environment.
'Wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility. Make our planet great again. Thank you,' Macron said at the end of videotaped remarks released as counter-programming immediately following the president's Rose Garden speech announcing the U.S. would pull out of the Paris climate accord.
Speaking directly to the camera in English, in remarks released following Trump's, the newest leader on the European stage described the threat of climate change – something the president didn't address in his remarks.
Macron said, 'If we do nothing, our children will know a world of migrations, of wars, of shortage. A dangerous world. It is not a future we want for ourselves. It is not a future we want for our children. It is not a future we want for our world.'
According to the White House, Trump spoke by telephone Thursday with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, Macron, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, and Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom.
Trump 'explained his decision to withdraw' from the climate pact, and thanked the leaders for 'frank, substantive discussions.'
'He noted America’s strong record in reducing emissions and leading the development of clean energy technology, and he reiterated that the United States under the Trump Administration, will be the cleanest and most environmentally friendly country on Earth,' according to the White Houe.
Macron, who drew attention during summit meetings last month by vigorously shaking hands with Trump and refusing to let go first, and for greeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel before greeting the president, mentioned Trump by name.
'Today the president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. I do respect this decision but I do think it is an actual mistake both for the U.S. and for our planet,' he said.
He indicated he had just shared his assessment with Trump.
'Tonight I wish to tell the United States France believes in you. The world believes in you. I know that you are a great nation. I know your history – our common history,' he said.
Then he repeated an offer he made during his own campaign this year – essentially offering safe harbor to U.S. climate researchers.
'To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say, that they will find in France a second homeland.'
'I call on them, come and work here with us. To work together on concrete solutions for our climate. Our environment. I can assure you France will not give up the fight. I reaffirm clearly that the Paris agreement remains irreversible and will be implemented,' he said.
Major European powers are ruling out President Donald Trump
's stated claim of renegotiating the Paris
climate pact in order to get a 'fair' deal for the U.S.
said on Thursday they regretted President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate
accord and dismissed his suggestion that the global pact could be revised.
'We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,' the leaders of the three countries said in a joint statement.
Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. would be pulling out of the agreement negotiated by predecessor Barack Obama.
'So we're getting out. But we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that's fair. And if we can, that's great. And if we can't that's fine,' Trump said in a White House Rose Garden speech.
Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Macron urged all their allies to speed up efforts to combat climate change and said they would do more to help developing countries adapt.
Not only did the president blast the climate pact, which commits nations to meeting reductions in greenhouse gases through their own methods, he said other nations were 'laughing' at the U.S.
'We don't want other leaders and other countries laughing at us any more. And they won't be. They won't be,' Trump declared. 'I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.'
Trump complained in the White House's Rose Garden that major polluters like China are allowed to increase their emissions under the agreement in a way that the US cannot. India is hinging its participation on billions of dollars of foreign aid.
The deal is a 'massive redistribution of United States wealth to other countries,' he said.
'The Paris accord is very unfair, at the highest level, to the United States.
'This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial advantage over the United States,' Trump said.
The reaction was equally cool to the North.
Canada is 'deeply disappointed' by Trump's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, but will push ahead with measures to fight global warming, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said on Thursday.
'Canada is deeply disappointed at the U.S. position. The Paris agreement is a good deal for Canada and it's a good deal for the world,' McKenna told reporters, the Associated Press reported. 'No one country can stop action on climate change,' she said.
Miguel Arias Canete, the top climate official of the European Union, said the president's decision was 'a sad day for the global community.'
He said in a statement that the EU 'deeply regrets the unilateral decision by the Trump administration' while saying 'the world can continue to count on Europe for global leadership.'
During his election campaign, Macron shared a post on social media where he took shots at Trump and urged U.S. researches to come to France, which he called 'your country.'
'I do know how your new president, now, has decided to jeopardize your budget, your initiatives, as he is extremely skeptical about climate change,' he said.
'I have no doubt about climate change and how committed we have to be regarding this issue,' he continued. 'It's your nation and we like innovation. We want people working on climate change, energy, renewables and new technologies,' he said, adding: 'France is your nation.'
Gentiloni wrote on Twitter that Italy would keep its targets for cutting emissions and renewable energy.